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Concerts Calendar

Concerts Calendar Spring 2014

All concerts are FREE unless otherwise noted.

Contemporary Opera Marin: Aurora

Paul Smith, director

The COM Department of Music presents the premiere of Aurora, a community opera in one act by COM faculty member, Paul Smith. This short work with a cast of 40 is sung in English, with stage direction by Richard Wallace. They cover the events of April 17 to 19, 1897, when a flying saucer crashed in the small town of Aurora, Texas. It must be true, it was in the newspaper!

Saturday, April 5, 7:30 pm
Friday, April 11, 7:30 pm
Saturday, April 12, 7:30 pm
Sunday, April 13, 2 pm
Lefort Recital Hall, PA 72, COM Kentfield Campus

Advanced Voice Recital: Liebesjahr — Art Songs by Robert Schumann

Linda Noble Brown, instructor

Arguably one of the greatest composers of the Romantic era, Robert Schumann was thoroughly committed to the idea of music being composed to register the feelings, thoughts, and impressions garnered by a sensitive spirit on its journey through life. Prior to 1840, Schumann had written almost exclusively for the piano. In 1840 alone, however, the year he finally married his bride Clara, Schumann wrote 168 songs. Biographers have attributed the sweetness, the doubt, and the despair of these songs to the varying emotions aroused by his love for Clara and the uncertainties of their future together. Please join us as we explore these beautiful, heartfelt songs.

Monday, April 7, 11:10 am
Lefort Recital Hall, PA 72, COM KTD

Jazz Ensemble

Cayce Carnahan, director

Come swing with the College of Marin Jazz Ensemble. Bring your dancing shoes on the second Thursday of the month through June; no cover. Free swing dance lessons start at 6:15 pm.

April 10, May 8, June 12, 7 pm
The Seahorse, 305 Harbor Drive, Sausalito

Jazz Ensemble: The Music of Miles Davis

Cayce Carnahan, director
Miles Ahead, special guests

Thursday, May 1, 7 pm
James Dunn Theatre, COM Kentfield Campus


Donation suggested: $20 general; $10 students, staff, seniors, and alumni

Chamber Music Recitals

Jessica Ivry, instructor
Please enjoy music by our college chamber music students. Ensembles feature our fine woodwind, string and piano players including Prokofiev’s Overture on Hebrew Themes, Thuille’s Sextet for Piano and Wind Ouintet in Bb, Op. 6, Beethoven’s Viola Quintet, Op. 29, Gordon Jacob’s Sextet in Bb Major, Beethoven’s Wind and Piano Quintet in Eb Major, and Bach’s Trio Sonata for Two Flutes, BWV 1039.

Saturday, May 3, 7:30 pm
Sunday, May 4, 7:30 pm
Lefort Recital Hall, PA 72, COM Kentfield Campus


Donation suggested: $10

Symphonic Band

Martin Seggelke, director
Please join the College of Marin Symphonic Band for our spring concert. Repertoire selections include a world premiere performance of a brand new piece by Bay Area composer Adrian Quince, who will also guest conduct, as well as music by Richard Wagner, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Alfred Reed, Morton Gould, André Waignein, and John Phillip Sousa.

Wednesday, May 7, 7:30 pm
James Dunn Theatre, COM Kentfield Campus

COM Symphony Orchestra

Tara Flandreau, director

The spring concert features favorite works from the classical repertoire; Bach’s playful and energetic Brandenburg Concerto No. 2, for flute, oboe, violin, trumpet and strings; and the beautiful suite from Pelléas et Mélisande by Fauré. The concert concludes with the cheerful and light-hearted Symphony No. 8, by Beethoven.

Saturday, May 10, 7:30 pm
James Dunn Theatre, COM Kentfield Campus

Sunday, May 11, 4 pm
Location TBA

Advanced Voice Class Recital: From the Garden – Flower-themed Songs

Linda Noble Brown, instructor

It is one of poets and composers favorite topics, in any style. There is an amazing amount of literature highlighting the beauty of the flower, both literally and as metaphor. We will scan the repertoire of art song, aria, musical theatre, and contemporary music to bring you a beautiful musical bouquet.

Sunday, May 11, 3 pm
The Tamalpais Retirement Community
501 Via Casitas, Greenbrae

Monday, May 19, 11:10 am
Lefort Recital Hall, PA 72, COM Kentfield Campus

Jazz Ensemble/Dance Band

Cayce Carnahan, director
Tony Lindsay, special guest

An evening of classic soul and R&B. COM Dance Band, featuring Tony Lindsay of Santana and special guest Juke Joint.
For ticket reservations, email

Friday, May 16, 7:30 pm
The Seahorse, 305 Harbor Drive, Sausalito

Marin Oratorio: Johannes Brahms – Liebeslieder-Walzer and Ein deutsches Requiem

Boyd Jarrell, director

Brahms the enchanting and the eternal will be presented in this program of two of his most timeless works. The Liebeslieder-Walzer and Neue Liebeslieder-Walzer, his lavish Viennese settings of love poems of dalliance, affection, and unrequited passion, will feature guest soloists Christa Pfeiffer, Katherine McKee, Colby Roberts, and Jeffrey Fields, and will be accompanied by pianists Paul Smith and Jeffrey Paul. The Marin Oratorio chorus will be accompanied by full orchestra for the majestic Ein deutsches Requiem. Brahms the agnostic spent years shaping this not as a dogmatic, liturgical requiem, but rather as personal human requiem and a solace for all humankind.

Saturday, May 17, 7:30 pm
Sunday, May 18,
3 pm
James Dunn Theatre, COM Kentfield Campus


$20 general; $15 students, staff, seniors, and alumni
Ticket reservations: 415.485.9687 or purchase tickets online.
All proceeds go to support the programs of Marin Oratorio

Beginning Voice Class Recital: Just Offstage

Linda Noble Brown, instructor

Our beginning singers have been working all semester on their first-time performance. This is always an exciting experience, sharing the thrill and courage of singers stepping in front of a real audience. You will hear a lovely mix of folk songs and art songs, and maybe even a short aria, as the singers are allowed to make their own choice from within the class repertoire. Come celebrate with us.

Monday, May 19, 2:10 pm
Lefort Recital Hall, PA 72, COM Kentfield Campus

College Chorus: Songs of the Sea

Boyd Jarrell, director
Jeffrey Paul, accompanist

Ever since humans first set off to sea, music has been our constant companion: songs of travel, songs to assist our labors, and songs to remember our loved ones far away. Join College Chorus as we present our delightful survey of sea songs from around the world. Music of Mendelssohn, Beethoven, Mary Lynn Lightfoot, and Alan Ridout will be featured. Bon voyage!

Tuesday, May 20, 7:30 pm
James Dunn Theatre, COM Kentfield Campus

Parking Information

Parking for events on Friday evenings, Saturdays, and Sundays is FREE. On weekdays and Monday through Thursday evenings, please park in STUDENT parking only. Daily parking passes may be purchased from the machine in parking lot 2 for $3.

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